A series of illustrations inspired by the solar system — individually printed by hand using engraved wood blocks.
Look beyond earth and imagine cities scattered out in space. In this project, illustrator David Fleck combined his passion for architecture, art, and astronomy in creating 9 prints representing the main celestial bodies in our solar system drawing inspiration from classic, mythological architecture. Previously known for his artworks inspired by the passages of Italo Calvino’s novel, Invisible Cities, Fleck has taken things to a whole new level by illustrating different cities — some of which are real while others are imaginary. Each print measures about 13.5″ x 19.5″ (including a white border). They’re also available on A4 digital prints. They can be printed as a set of postcards on heavy satin card.
Fleck wanted to go traditional with this project. So instead of using screen printers or printing presses, he experimented with a printing method called wood block printing. This printing process involves laser engraving the illustration onto a wooden board, spreading ink over the block, and pressing the substrate by hand to create an impression. Wood block printing allows for fantastic details and the tiny inconsistencies of the wood surface produces textures that make each print pretty unique.
“The results were tactile and beautiful, and I wanted to develop the method further.”
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